Dear SURFCAM Customer,
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know about some of the exciting things that have been happening recently with SURFCAM.
In September, SURFCAM V5.1 (English version) was released. This point release of SURFCAM V5.1, which is available to any users that were
eligible to run V5, contains more features and functionality than any previous service pack of SURFCAM has before. SURFCAM V5.1 offers new
features such as:
- Machine Simulation Option
- 64-bit Verification
- 3-axis Multi-Cut
- Enhanced TRUEMill Multi-tool Support with TSRM (TRUEMill Step Reduction Milling) Technology
- STL Machining
- …plus more
SURFCAM V5.1 also has the return of classic 4- and 5-axis CUT and SWARF tool paths, updates to the optional 3rd party translators (e.g. CATIA,
Inventor, ProEngineer, Siemens-NX), and over 200 corrections. For more information or to see what other features are new in this release, check
out the “What’s New in SURFCAM V5.1” document or
contact your local SURFCAM reseller.
Recently SURFCAM was featured at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, IL from September 13-18. During the six-day
event, the SURFCAM booth was visited by hundreds of visitors and customers and was staffed by both Surfware and the team of SURFCAM Resellers.
SURFCAM Booth at IMTS 2010
Visitors learn more about SURFCAM
IMTS was a very successful show and featured demonstrations of SURFCAM V5.1 by members of the SURFCAM Technical Staff as well as live
machining demos of TRUEMill. These live machining demos were held at three booths throughout the show.
Okuma showcased cutting Ti6Al4V while
Hardinge demonstrated 4140 steel, all three booths
exhibiting the power behind the patented TRUEMill technology.
A collection of parts on display from SURFCAM customers
For a complete list of shows where SURFCAM has been exhibited and will be exhibited, click here for our complete
list. Check back for upcoming shows or visit our
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All of us here at Surfware and members of our global network of SURFCAM Resellers would like to thank you
for your continued support and input. It is because of you that we are able to continue to deliver our world-class product.
The SURFCAM Team
Customer Testimonial -
GT Virtual Concepts, based in Newnan, GA, is a shop that is owned and operated by Aaron and Golda Noble. Currently they have two seats of 3-axis SURFCAM that they use to machine a wide range of materials from titanium and stainless steel to PVDF PVC and CPVC plastics. GT Virtual services a number of different industries and has a large customer base whose products include automobiles, RVs, deep space telescopes, medical equipment, firearms, and industrial filtration. Recently Aaron, who doubles as an engineer, had the following to say about why GT Virtual insists on using SURFCAM, “I have used SURFCAM since 1998 and still prefer to use it over other CAM systems. During my career, I have dabbled with other CAM systems only to be overwhelmed with clicking window after window and becoming frustrated over the inability of the system to generate a tool path easily. SURFCAM puts you in control of your own code with an easy-to-use interface.”
GT Virtual employs two methods of programming in their shop. For simple fixturing and 2½-axis parts, they use Hurco machines with conversational programming. As Aaron explained, “oftentimes, jobs that would require alternate setups can be done in one if you use SURFCAM. For example, using 3-axis surface cutting we can generate features that would require successive steps to achieve. For this reason, everyone in our shop is cross-trained in using SURFCAM.”
Aaron then went on to explain how SURFCAM has been effective in the recent recession, “during these difficult economic times, job shops like ours are oftentimes competing with other shops on simple one-time only parts. The competition usually will even air freight the part to you complete for less than we can buy the material. With that said, our angle is lead-time, low cost, and high quality. We cannot afford to buy two pieces of material and build this cost into a job; it must be right the first time. SURFCAM protects our profitability by using templates and standardized tool packages along with uniform setups. We can produce one-time only parts as if they were in production while not crashing our machines or tooling. Without the reliability of SURFCAM, we could not have streamlined our operations to this extent.”
GT Virtual (http://www.gtvirtualconcepts.com/)